O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere and fillest all things; Treasury of Blessings, and Giver of Life - come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.
Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, /
Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise, /
by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, /
and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. //
O Lover of mankind, glory be to Thee.
Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues, /
the Most High divided the nations; /
and when He divided the tongues of fire, /
He called all men into unity; //
and with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.
Tropar - Tone 4
With thy virtues, as with the rays of the sun, thou didst enlighten the unbelieving philosophers; and like the most radiant moon shining on those who walk at night, thou didst drive away the darkness of unbelief. Thou didst bring the empress to faith and didst denounce the tyrant, O divinely elect bride. O blessed Catherine, with desire thou didst make haste to the heavenly bridal chamber, to Christ the most comely Bridegroom, and by Him has thou been crowned with a royal crown. Standing with the angels before Him, do thou pray for us who keep thy most honored memory.
Kondak - Tone 2
O ye who love the martyrs, raise up an honored chorus in godly manner; honoring the most wise Catherine; for in the arena she preached Christ and trod upon the serpent, putting down the knowledge of the rhetors.
Divine Liturgy in English every Saturday at 9am.
Bible Study after Liturgy.
St Andrew Russian Orthodox Church
6465 54th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33709
His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York
Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan
Christ is Risen!
We have come to the last Saturday and Sunday of Pascha. Pascha is central to our faith, for, again, as St Paul says, if Christ is not risen from the dead then our faith is in vain. This cannot be over emphasized. This is not, however, the end. He who ascended in humility now ascends in glory. The Son of God descended and was cloaked in the flesh from His Ever-Virgin Mother and He now ascends in the flesh, glorified and transfigured, sitting in the same flesh at the right hand of God.
This is a marvel beyond all understanding. The fleshless became flesh for our sake the we might, in the flesh, be glorified in Him and by Him. This is why God created man in the beginning. This is the great gift, honor and glory bestowed upon and forsaken by man through sin, yet through the economy of salvation, the Incarnation, Passion, Pascha and now Ascension of the God-man Christ, this great gift, the ability to regain this glory and honor has been is given to us, if only we accept it. How do we accept it? By worshiping the Father in Spirit and in Truth - by being baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit; by keeping the commandments of Christ, which is the love of God; by living a Christ-centered , Eucharist-centered life - for as the Lord said, unless we eat of His flesh and drink His blood we have no life in us, striving to live every hour of every day in the fear of God and in faith, in this way endeavoring to love Him who has so loved us.
The joy of Pascha has filled, ever fills and forever will fill our hearts. Yet there is a slight sense of loss, just as the Disciples had, at the Lord’s returning from whence He came. Let us rejoice in the feast, for a great feast it is. And let us patiently await the coming of the promise of the Comforter, who will come and teach, enlighten and illumine us in things pertaining to Christ, and by whose grace and gifts we are enabled to do, keep and teach all things commanded to us by the Lord.
As Christ ascends in glory, let us marvel at the mystery and prepare ourselves to receive the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and to become living vessels of Divine Grace, living temples of living God.
Please keep me, Fr. Igor, one another, St. Catherine’s and St. Andrew’s in your prayers. Pray also for those who are looking for the Truth, for the fullness of the faith, who need God’s love and comfort - and may we be prepared to provide it as we are able.
Saturday, June 5 - St. Michael the Confessor. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Bible Study. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, June 6 - The Sunday of the Man Born Blind. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Wednesday, June 9 - The Leave-taking of Pascha. Matins at 9am. Vigil at 5pm.
Thursday, June 10 - The Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Divine Liturgy at 9am.
Saturday, June 12 - Afterfeast of the Ascension. The Venerable Isaac. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Bible Study. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, June 13 - Afterfeast of the Ascension. The Sunday of the Holy Fathers. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Friday, June 18 - Vespers, Matins and Litya at 5pm.
Saturday, June 19 - Memorial Saturday. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Panihida. Bible Study. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, June 20 - Pentecost Sunday. The Descent of the Holy Spirit. Divine Liturgy and Vespers at 10am.
Monday, June 21 - Holy Spirit Day. Divine Liturgy at 9am.
Reminder: We are concelebrating with Fr. Igor and the faithful of St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church, - 6465 54th Ave. N., - St. Petersburg, whose gracious hospitality is ever appreciated.
If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area and are interested in Orthodoxy or would like to help in establishing a traditional Orthodox parish in English
please call 727-239-9186 and leave a message or e-mail me at .
I'd love to hear from you!
Fr. Stephen Zaremba
Most of those who come on Saturday morning also come on Sunday, while others attend other Orthodox parishes on Sundays. Some have relocated from other states and are looking for a spiritual home. We have baptized a few adults after a period of preparation, and have also baptized children born into Orthodox Christian families. Truly God is good to us!
Thanks be to God our community is slowly growing. Since our ways are not God’s ways we are traversing an unexpected path, currently serving at St. Andrew’s Russian Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg. It is proving quite beneficial for both our St. Catherine’s Mission and the St. Andrew’s parish. God’s providence is truly remarkable.
First a quick word about St. Andrew’s. It is a Russian speaking community. The church is beautiful, the choir is excellent, the services served properly. While most of the vigil and Sunday Divine Liturgy are celebrated in Church Slavonic, English is used based on attendance. The Epistle and Gospel are always read in English and there is sermon in English. If you are familiar with the Divine Liturgy you will feel very comfortable. Fr. Igor and the parishioners of St. Andrew’s have made us feel quite welcome indeed.
On Saturdays we celebrate the Divine Liturgy in English, followed by a Bible Study. This started off as quite a small group but it has been growing so that we usually have about 20 or more stay for our class. Not bad for a Saturday morning!
We are a mission. Our purpose is to make traditional, apostolic Christianity, today known as Orthodoxy, available to those who are seeking it. Many are seeking it not quite knowing what it is. If you are looking for God - look here. If you are looking for stability, where doctrines do not change with the blowing of the wind - look here. If you want to truly learn how to worship in the spirit and truth as taught by the holy Apostles - look here. If you are are not sure just what it is that you are looking for - look here. We don’t make things up as we go and we don’t change with the times. Truth is truth. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
The world is going through a time of considerable turmoil. No one knows what the future holds. The Orthodox Christian Faith has withstood the bloody persecutions of ancient Rome, the tribulation of the Arian, Iconoclastic and other heresies, the onslaught of the Persians and Moslems, Communism and everything else that the Adversary has thrown at us through the centuries. But as our Lord promised, the gates of hell have not prevailed. Regardless of what the future may hold, the Orthodox Faith will remain like bedrock unto the Lord returns.
Now some may think that Orthodox Christianity is similar to Roman Catholicism. While there may be some external similarities, Roman Catholics and Protestants, with their now 30,000 denominations, are far closer to one another than they are to the Orthodox. While this may seem very wrong, Protestantism is a reaction to Roman Catholicism and as such, while they certainly have different beliefs and solutions, they have the same mindset.
Orthodoxy is quite different as it has resisted the temptation to be altered by the philosophy of the day through the centuries. Orthodoxy is what is and has been believed by everyone everywhere from the beginning. No change. No compromise. It is manly - men love it. It is not a soft faith. It challenges each believer. And no, it is not too much for women and children. Orthodoxy is beautiful, full of joy and light, gentleness and compassion.
If you are in the area, we would love to meet you. You can contact me at or call or text to 727-239-9186.
The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived. This is how Christianity conquered the world. This is how it will do so again...
“The Christians know and trust God…They placate those who oppress them and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies. Their wives are absolutely pure, and their daughters modest. Their men abstain from unlawful marriage and are free from all impurity: If any of them have bondwomen or children, they persuade them to become Christians for the love they have toward them; and when they become so, they call them without distinction brothers…They love one another: They do not refuse to help the widows. They rescue the orphan from him who does him violence. He who has, gives ungrudgingly to him who has not. If they see a stranger; they take him to their dwellings and rejoice over him as over a real brother; for they do not call themselves brothers after the flesh, but after the Spirit and in God…If any one among them is poor and needy; and they do not have food to spare, they fast for two or three days, that they may supply him with necessary food. They scrupulously obey the commands of their Messiah. Every morning and every hour they thank and praise God for His loving-kindness toward them…Because of them there flows forth all the beauty that there is in the world. But the good deeds they do, they do not proclaim in the ears of the multitude, but they take care that no one shall perceive them. Thus they labor to become righteous…Truly, this is a new people and there is something divine in them.”